ARD Germany trend: Majority considers nuclear phase-out to be wrong
It was a long argument, but now the last three nuclear power plants in Germany are actually going off the grid. Many view this with suspicion – especially in a certain age group.
According to surveys, a majority of Germans are critical of the nuclear phase-out planned for Saturday. Significantly more than half (59 percent) consider the political decision to be wrong, only around a third (34 percent) think it was right, according to the Deutschlandtrend survey for the ARD “Morgenmagazin”.
According to the Infratest-Dimap survey, there is overwhelming approval for the end of nuclear power only in the 18 to 34 age group (50 to 39 percent), while rejection predominates among middle-aged and older age groups.
The step is evaluated differently by the supporters of the parties: while supporters of the Greens (82 percent) and the SPD (56 percent) welcome the end of nuclear energy, supporters of the Union parties (83 percent) and AfD (81 percent) are almost united against it. The majority of FDP supporters (65 percent) also vote against an exit.
On Saturday, the three remaining nuclear power plants in Germany – Isar 2 in Bavaria, Emsland in Lower Saxony and Neckarwestheim 2 in Baden-Württemberg – will finally go offline. This was actually supposed to happen at the end of last year. Because of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the resulting energy crisis, the traffic light coalition decided after a word of power from Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) last year to let the three reactors continue to run over the winter.